Maskology: The Study of People Wearing Masks

Today, I’m excited to launch our very own MCS Labyrinth Pinterest Account: a collection of boards with images linking to all the diamonds and gems out there relating to sensitivities to chemicals, including support groups and organisations – sourced world-wide; gorgeous people wearing masks; and many more… (If you’re not familiar with it – Pinterest is a way for you to organise and share the great things you find on the internet. It’s also a great way to discover great things that others are sharing. If you don’t yet have an account – you can get one here, just click the ‘Join Pinterest’ button at the top of the page.)

To celebrate, here is the first screen capture of many: People Wearing Masks. So many are beautiful; some have a feminist type quality about them – think Eva Cabelle; a lot of these people have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), Toxic Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), or just plain chemical sensitivities. There are some artistic-just-mucking-around type shots of people wearing masks. Or serious looking people wearing serious looking gas-masks. And then there are the children… But whether the people are wearing masks to protect the health of their airways, or as a symbolic display of something else, they all have that one thing in common.

Welcome to Maskology – a study of masks.


When you see this many people wearing masks, it normalises it!

If there is an image you think we’ve missed, drop a link to it in the comments below, and it too, can go up on The Labyrinth’s People Wearing Masks Pinterest Board.

Happy Pinning!


No Fun: A spanish blog (the English section) on MCS

“Over the years, our body accumulates chemical substances which circulate in our environment without any controls, in the food we eat, in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, in our beauty products, etc., until the toxic load is unbearable and we end up getting sick, which according to our genetic make-up, it could end up being MCS or other environmental illness like cancer, asthma, and allergies.”

Eva Cabellé

Eva Cabellé

Eva Cabellé, an economist from Barcelona, Spain, has suffered with allergies since she was a child. She was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in 2008.  The author of  No Fun—a Spanish blog with a section in English about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Allergies and Green Living—she kindly shares a wealth of information and advice on the ways in which we can all live a healthier life, free of toxins.

She is also the author of the book Desaparecida: Una vida rota por la Sensibilidad Química Múltiple (Missing: A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) published in Spanish by El Viejo Topo, Barcelona, Spain, 2009.

“Yes, there is something hidden in this silence. It is the interests of the chemical and pharmaceutical companies so that people won’t know that their products are causing new and terrible illnesses like Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Actually, recently it has been demonstrated that MCS is not a psychological illness and that old studies that said so were   fabricated   to   protect    the  interests  of   the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.” – Eva Caballé

(Interview with Eva Cabellé. source)

The importance of reducing the toxic load from No Fun on Vimeo.


Copyright Michellina van Loder 2012. All words & photography by Michellina van Loder—unless otherwise stated.
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